• This new bill could see teachers being forced to out LGBT+ students to their parents. (Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
Texas State Bill 242 could put LGBT+ teens at risk by forcing teachers to disclose their orientation to their parents, with or without the student's consent.
Shami Sivasubramanian

21 Nov 2016 - 1:47 PM  UPDATED 21 Nov 2016 - 1:47 PM

A new bill proposal put forth to Texas congress could force teachers of LGBT+ students to make school records pertaining to the student’s sexual orientation available to their parents.

Ultimately, it will force school teachers to ‘out’ students to their parents, even if the student wishes for their sexual orientation to remain confidential.

If the bill is passed, teachers who refuse to out students they know identify as LGBT+ will face disciplinary action. 

For students from homes that disapprove of diverse sexual and gender identities, this could put young people at risk of danger.

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The bill has been proposed by conservative Tea Party senator Konni Burton, who claims parents have a right to know anything “relating to [their] child’s general physical, psychological or emotional well-being”.

“My legislation will make it expressly against state law for a district to adopt policies designed to undermine a parent’s right to know. No parent in Texas should ever have to fight for the basic right to matter in their child’s life again,” Senator Burton writes on her website

Senator Burton's former school - Fort Worth school - recently repealed transgender guidelines they had introduced earlier this year that stopped teachers and other school employees from disclosing the transgender status of students to their parents without consent. It was these school guidelines that inspired Senator Burton to file the new legislation.

“We found these provisions in desperate need of clarity and expansion. That is why I am planning to file a bill that rewrites these provisions to make it unequivocally clear that a parent has a right to full and total information on their child’s academic performance, physical, mental and emotional health, and more,” she writes.

The bill has yet to be approved by state congress. 

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